University Hospital Erlangen

Erlangen, Germany

Surgical treatment of cushing's disease (program ID: 256801)

Michael Buchfelder

Prof. Dr. med.

Michael Buchfelder

Department of Neurosurgery

Specialized in: neurosurgery

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The Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Erlangen covers the entire spectrum of neurosurgery, focusing on the microsurgical treatment of skull base processes, especially in the sellar area and in eloquent brain areas (e.g. central section of the brain, brainstem), vascular neurosurgery, as well as epilepsy surgery. The Department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Michael Buchfelder.  

With more than 2,500 operations per year, the Department of Neurosurgery in Erlangen ranks among the largest clinics of neurosurgery in Germany. The Department has 78 beds, including 12 beds in the intensive care unit. There are annually treated over 5,000 outpatients.

Along with the usual modern microsurgical techniques, the University Hospital Erlangen uses endoscopic methods, intraoperative electrophysiological monitoring and intraoperative MRI.

The doctors of the Department of Neurosurgery under the direction ofProf. Dr. med. Michael Buchfelder have developed a new technology called vDIVA, which allows a surgeon to identify the brain areas that seem to be healthy, but in fact are already affected by cancer cells. The extent of tumor removal is critical for the treatment success. The University Hospital Erlangen was the first in the world to introduce this new technology and therefore the Department has greatly increased the accuracy and reduced the risks of treatment. 

In addition to conventional neurosurgical treatment of tumors of the brain, traumatic brain injuries, cerebral hemorrhages and intervertebral hernias, the range of services of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Erlangen also covers the following focuses:

  • Pituitary adenomas
  • Acoustic neuromas
  • Complex skull base tumors
  • Complex tumors / injuries / spine instability
  • Complex intracranial aneurysms and angiomas
  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Frameless stereotaxy
  • Intraoperative MRI imaging 

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • review of medical records
  • physical examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • general urine analysis
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • TSH-basal, fT3, fT4
    • 24-hour urine collection with analysis
      for urinary free cortisol excretion
  • ultrasound of the adrenal gland
  • CT/MRI scan of the head
  • low-dose and high-dose dexamethasone
    suppression tests
  • preoperative care
  • transsphenoidal resection of pituitary tumor
  • symptomatic treatment
  • control examinations
  • cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • full hospital accommodation in 2 bed shared room
  • explanation of future recommendations
  • nursing services
  • services of all leading experts
  • explanation of individual treatment plan
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The program includes:

  • Translation of medical documents up to 4 pages
  • Interpreter up to 3 hours
  • Translation of medical documents up to 8 pages
  • Interpreter up to 5 hours
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 8 hours
  • Insurance in case of extra expenses for the treatment of foreign patients
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 10 hours
  • Insurance in case of extra expenses for the treatment of foreign patients
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 15 hours
  • Insurance in case of extra expenses for the treatment of foreign patients
  • Transfer from the airport to the clinic and back to the airport
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 25 hours
  • Insurance in case of extra expenses for the treatment of foreign patients
  • Transfer from the airport to the clinic and back to the airport
Total costs:

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